Just finished reading a story on telegraph.co.uk entitled:
Young will have to change names to escape ‘cyber past’
In the story Google CEO Eric Schmidt states that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth.
In speaking to the Wall St. Journal he said “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time.”
He also believes that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrassing photographs and material stored on their friends’ social media sites.
Um, Mr. Schmidt, may I call you Eric?
Are you freaking kidding me?
You are essentially handing out a Get Out of Jail Free card to anyone under the age of oh I don’t know… 25?
You’re telling them ‘it’s ok to be a fool, take and post raunchy pictures of themselves and their friends. Post comments that make you sound like an illiterate dope. So what? When it comes time to get a job, just change your name!
So until then, go wild! Have a blast! Worry about that whole job/life thing later…’
Now, if that weren’t enough to qualify Mr. Schmidt as an irresponsible dope, perhaps this will…
As per the story…
The 55-year-old also predicted that in the future, Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives.
“I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”
He suggested, as an example, that because Google would know “roughly who you are, roughly what you care about, roughly who your friends are”, it could remind users what groceries they needed to buy when passing a shop.
Holy Moses we are WAY beyond Big Brother… Hell we’re up to the whole freakin’ family.
Just read that line one more time…
“They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”
I need your help. I cannot decide between the Peking Duck or Chop Suey. Please advise. Oh, still waiting on your word re: that whole marriage thing, too.
Here’s the original story.
‘Til next time.
All the best,